In a meeting this morning between Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Kerry, both the topic of negotiations with the PA, as well as that of Iran, were up for discussion.
At the opening of the meeting, the Prime Minister had this to say about Iran, “We heard the chants 'Death to America' two days ago again in Tehran, and this is, I believe, the true face of this regime or the person who controls this regime, the so called 'Supreme Leader'. I think such a regime must not have the world's most dangerous weapons. I believe that as long as they continue their goal to enrich uranium, to get nuclear weapons, the pressure should be maintained and even increased because they're increasing enrichment, and I believe that it's possible with intense pressure because of the sanctions regime led in large part by the United States to get Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons program. I'd be very worried with any partial deals that enable Iran to maintain those capabilities but begin to reduce sanctions because I think this could undermine the longevity and durability of the sanctions regime.”
Regarding the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Netanyahu added, “We seek peace with the PA. We agreed three months ago on terms and we stand by those terms. We have scrupulously abided by the terms of the agreement and the understandings with which we opened negotiation. I'm concerned about their progress because I see the PA continuing to incite, continuing to create artificial crises, continue run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace. I hope that your visit will help steer them back to a place where we could achieve the historical peace that we seek and that our people need."